Kansas City radio host taken off air for comments about Andy Reid’s son

AP

A Kansas City sports radio host has been taken off the air for comments about Chiefs coach Andy Reid lacking discipline, citing Reid’s son, who died of a drug overdose.

“We are aware of the controversial comments made by Kevin Kietzman during yesterday’s broadcast of Between the Lines,” Sports Radio WHB said in a statement. “We have decided to take the immediate step to take Kevin off the air until further notice as we review this matter. We take Kevin’s comments and those of all on-air staff seriously. Kevin’s comments were clearly not to his or our standards. Please know that we will take necessary appropriate actions. We sincerely apologize to Andy Reid and his family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and our loyal listeners and share their concerns.”

Discussing whether the Chiefs would discipline Tyreek Hill, Kietzman said that Reid has never been big on discipline.

“Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players,” Kietzman said on the air. “He doesn’t. Discipline is not his thing. It did not work out particularly well in his family life, and that needs to be added to this, as we’re talking about the Chiefs. He wasn’t real great at that either. He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players. He is not good at fixing people. He is not good at discipline. That is not his strength. His strength is designing football plays.”

Reid’s son, Garrett Reid, died of a drug overdose at the Eagles’ training camp in 2012, when Reid was the Eagles’ head coach. Many who heard Kietzman’s statement interpreted it as a reference to Garrett’s death, but Kietzman denied that, saying he was referring to legal troubles Garrett and his brother had before Garrett died.

“I never mentioned one word about the tragic death of Andy Reid’s son and quickly corrected a caller who did,” Kietzman wrote on Twitter. “I was talking about the owner’s record of ‘fixing’ players, the team’s record and Andy’s record. I was referencing the drug addiction and convictions for dealing drugs. When they served time and Reid hired them to work for his football teams, it was no longer a private matter. But blaming a parent for the death of their child in these circumstances is unthinkable and reprehensible.”

Kietzman’s bosses apparently didn’t buy that explanation. It is unclear whether he will ever be back on the air.

52 responses to “Kansas City radio host taken off air for comments about Andy Reid’s son

  1. Kietzman never liked him thats why i listen 610. Never seems to have a good word about chiefs player’s or organization.

  2. Don’t know the guy outside of that story… but those comments are just so far out of bounds it’s hard to believe he is not a raging moron that often toes the line of decency or accuracy for the vanity of hearing himself talk.

    It’s gonna be tough to talk KC football in KC when no one involved in that organization will be willing to talk to you again.

  3. Just another snowflake talking head who wants to be “noticed” for his opinions on topics he knows no facts about, but hey it’s so cool to throw rocks at someone because everyone else is doing it.

  4. Mr Keitzman didn’t scroll down the google page far enough, bad research.

    Michael Vick. 2009 to 2012/13ish. In those days Coach was known as a rehabilitator for troubled players. I think that feeling of success was why they got Hill, they thought they could make a better person, as well as a player.

    As for the kids, cheap. Opioid addiction can affect anyone in the public eye or not. Sad he used that.

  5. This is lower than low. Despicable to bring in any part of Reid’s family. I hope the author has a sparkling past because he is now open game for every reputable sports show.

  6. I sure hope this clown never experiences the troubles drugs and alcohol can bring to a family.Grossly Insensitive. Family members never quite recover from the loss like this. I hope he’s fired.

  7. Was anything he alluded to untrue? If the quote is correct he did not reference Reid’s son’s death, only Reid’s track record of a lack of discipline in his personal and professional life.

  8. Can you imagine if today’s outraged snowflake population lived during the Salem Witch trials? They would have burned everyone that they didn’t like for being a witch!

  9. shameful that the host didn’t take responsibility for his comments. yes, the audience thought he was talking about “legal troubles” experienced by his kids and not the suicide.

    well, the host tried skirting the edges of the pit, slipped, and fell-in.

    this is very similar to people criticizing tony dungy after his son committed suicide. somehow he couldn’t be a good role model, leader, and example because of the actions of his son.

    sometimes being edgy for the sake of being edgy doesn’t work.

    there’s nothing politically correct about not having integrity and decency. this host did not demonstrate those skills.

    maybe he gets his job back, maybe he doesn’t. hopefully he learns and gets better.

  10. sounds like the guy did not really reference the boy’s death, but there are media clowns in every market who feel they can insult coaches families, which should be off limits. if they were employed they’re fair game but you still don’t reference a tragic death. if this were said about tony dungey there would be an absolute firestorm.

  11. Unfortunately, this radio host throws rocks from a glass house. His comments have been over the line in multiple instances, but he has rarely been dealt with because he “generates numbers” for the afternoon sports drive in KC. I’d like to believe WHB-810AM will not put Kietzman back on the air, but nothing Todd Leabo and the guys there have done gives me any hope. This is their chance, however. Time for a change.

    They tried to say Kietzman’s comments weren’t even up to “his” standards. That’s a cop out. He’s said and done far worse that has gone unchecked.

  12. “Never seems to have a good word about chiefs player’s or organization.”

    Pretty much the standard for talk radio in every market. They make a living bashing the local teams that allow them to make a living. Felger and Mazz in Boston are absolutely brutal that way.

  13. Keitzman doesn’t know Andy Reid or his family —-that was definitely a personal foul, hit out of bounds. As for Tyreek, Tyreek is 100% responsible for his actions—the league needs to banish him. Even if Reid cuts him some other team (Cleveland) will pick him up for a song if given the opportunity. His discipline, in this case, should not be in Reid’s hands. Roger, are we still doing the integrity thing?
    Criticism for drafting players like Tyreek is warranted, but expecting the coach to determine a man’s behavior when he is not with the team is unrealistic.

  14. “They make a living bashing the local teams that allow them to make a living”

    ========

    Sounds like a certain media person who covers the NFL exclusively on his site and on TV. Constantly bashes everything about the league that lines his pockets and feeds his family.

  15. nunya says:
    June 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    A good rule of thumb to follow:
    a) is it true?
    b) is it kind?
    c) is it necessary?
    ———
    In real world, stop at “a.”

  16. lanman11 says:

    June 25, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Because that’s what is done today. The Internet Outrage Mafia will descend on them until the man is not only fired, but his career ruined and he’s never able to work again. The Jack Boot mentality today is clearly a product of leftist thinking which at first seems odd, but not when you look at history. Your freedom of speech is under attack. And spare me the “muh private company” arguments.

    __________________

    I was wondering when we’ll get the one that try to cry freedom of speech, and you just happened to be the one to show that you don’t grasped the understanding of the amendment.

  17. It’s not out of line. People always says things like that person comes from a good family –bestowing upon that person the character of the family members. Both of Andy kids had drug, legal, and all kind of trouble. Reid showed bad judgment bringing those men around the team.

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    “Never seems to have a good word about chiefs player’s or organization.”

    Pretty much the standard for talk radio in every market. They make a living bashing the local teams that allow them to make a living. Felger and Mazz in Boston are absolutely brutal that way.

    2 3 Rate This

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    Trust me when I tell you Boston is very unique. For every Keitzman in KC, Boston has 10 of those kinds of losers.

  19. What else could he have possibly been talking about? I’m glad the people above him aren’t buying it.

    On a side note, Reid brought KC their first playoff win in over 20 years. It could be worse.

  20. Yeah, society in general is … Well, it just is…

    The poster above who itemized 3 questions, the 3rd of which was “Is it necessary?”, hit it right on the head.

  21. Garrett went to prison and he didn’t learn from that. Discipline wasn’t the problem. He was an addict and couldn’t pull himself out of his self destructive cycle.

    Kietzman should know better. He has kids of his own.

  22. Kietzman should be fired. He has no knowledge of drug addiction and to even compare it
    to Hill’s situation is absurd. Totally way different in every way possible. There isn’t even the slightest connection to how and when Reid disciplines.

  23. Society needs an enema. People are mad at the guy, not for what he said or even what he meant. They are mad and brought out pitchforks for what THEY THINK he meant. They made the connection in their own minds and then hopped on the holier than thou horse and rode through town like Paul Revere screaming “He’s blaming Reid for his kid’s death!” and “He should be fired!” The man’s statement was accurate and what he stated he meant by it is plausible. Find something else to be mad about.

  24. Doesn’t make sense to to include a deceased person from the past for a future conversation in which they can’t respond in kind. TOOL!!!!

  25. The quotes suggest that the guy is neither interesting or especially articulate. Not much loss to the airwaves.

  26. No, the radio host is not a1000% right and no its not true! He, like some of the people making comments have no idea about addiction! The host’s explanation is lame at best!

  27. As an Eagles fan who came of age during Andy Reid’s tenure as HC, it doesn’t take a lot of of digging to discover what the recurring flaws in his approach to personnel were. For better or worse Andy Reid is a coach who chooses not to cast judgement on his players pasts and in return expects them to represent the team in a way to not bring dishonor to themselves or the organization. Sadly, occasionally the players / his staff fall short of his expectations. There are plenty of examples to illustrate his shortcomings in regards to these situations without bringing his family and the tragedies they’ve suffered into the picture in a failed attempt to emphasize that point. IMO it’s a classless bush league cry for attention.

  28. If the suggestion here is that Garrett Reid would still be breathing if Andy Reid was better at being a disciplinarian, then Kietzman has a Neanderthal’s understanding of addiction. Disciplining the addict doesn’t do a thing for them.

    This is to say nothing of the fact the Kietzman showed no decency or respect towards those battling addiction. What an ignorant human being.

  29. Most people get older and wiser. In the case of Kietzman, he just gets older. No wonder 810 is a second-rate station.

  30. This is why I listen to 610. The Chiefs organization should stand behind Reid and refuse all communications with 810 until Kietzman is released.

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